From fanmakers to filmmakers

Built circa 1867 by Tobias Scott, a former slave who bought his freedom through his earnings as a fanmaker, the original house pulsed with the activity of his wife, Christiana (also a former slave), and their seven children.

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Read About the Tobias Scott House

This article by one of Charleston’s most prolific feature writers, Patra Taylor, introduces readers to former slave/fanmaker extraordinaire Tobias Scott. In the article entitled Fanmakers to Filmmaker published in the Winter 2019 issue of Charleston Style & Design, the creative intention interjected into the house built by Scott in 1867 (just two years after the end of the Civil War) established the residence located in the heart of Charleston’s famed South of Broad neighborhood as a magnetic that has continued to attract creative souls throughout its long, colorful history.

About Charleston Style & Design

Charleston Style & Design is a quarterly magazine for the discriminating reader who has a zest for living and is eager to discover new horizons in Charleston and the Lowcountry. It is the premiere design publication in the Charleston area. Quentin Senise is the publication’s publisher, and Debra Kronowitz is the editor. Patra Taylor is one of many talented feature writers who contribute to the quarterly publication.

Quote from the article: “The three-house property at 17 and 17½ Water Street exudes a palpable creative energy that has, throughout its century-and-a-half long history, attracted artists and artisans, musicians and designers, and its fair share of actors and filmmakers, all of whom have added to the property’s alluring mystique.”

Author: Patra Taylor

A freelance writer for three decades, Patra Taylor is currently a regular columnist and features correspondent for the Charleston Mercury. In that capacity, she has interviewed numerous Charleston celebrities along with a few national figures including FOX News political commentator, Tucker Carlson; Washington, D.C. insider-turned-winemaker, Bear Dyke; and country music singer/songwriter, Philip Claypool. She is also a regular contributor to Charleston Style and Design and the Southeast Film Guide.

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